On Tuesday, in the middle of a tough day in terms of White Sox news, the team announced the new-look coaching staff that they have in place under new manager Pedro Grifol. There are some new faces and some old friends returning to the roles that they previously had.
One person that is new is Jose Castro who has been hired to be the hitting coach. When he was a player, he was a career Minor Leaguer in the late 70s and all of the 80s, and a few of those years were spent in the Chicago White Sox organization.
When it comes to being a hitting coach, he has learned his trade well. For the last eight seasons, he served as an assistant hitting coach with the Atlanta Braves. During that span, the Braves have developed a really nice starting lineup that has had some really good hitters.
Castro has worked with some superstars like Freddie Freeman, Ronald Acuna Jr, and Austin Riley amongst others. Altogether, these guys won the World Series in 2021. There was a lot more that went into it but having some great offensive players certainly helped.
The Chicago White Sox need some guidance when it comes to offense.
Now, he would like to help guys like Yoan Moncada, Luis Robert, and Eloy Jimenez become really good players. He is the man in charge of being the hitting coach now instead of just being an assistant. You'd like to think he learned a lot from his time in Atlanta.
Over the last few years, during most of Castro's tenure, the Braves were an incredible organization that made runs to the postseason year after year after year. They experienced playoff heartbreak as almost everyone does but they also completed the task of winning it all too.
Even as recently as 2022 when they didn't have Freddie Freeman anymore, they managed to somehow catch the New York Mets in the standings and take the division. All of that experience as a coach might help Castro in this new journey.
Castro needs to do his best to connect with the players and bring a new style to the offense. They were a slap-happy team in 2022 but we know that this roster is capable of hitting for much more power. Even without Jose Abreu, they can get back to that with the right guidance.
So Jose Castro is trying to bring this great experience that he gained with the Atlanta Braves in 2023 and he will be with this White Sox team that is looking to bounce back. Hopefully, everything goes according to plan.